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I feel like an idiot while doing my job.
article  communication  documentation  empathy  simplicity  just 
april 2018 by garrettc
Best Practices for Horizontal Lists in Mobile
Many Android and iOS apps have horizontal scrolling lists. Maybe it’s also combined inside a vertical list. But is it necessary? Even assuming it is, are you doing it right?
medium  article  css  html  userinterface  pamoja  webdesign  webdevelopment  appdevelopment 
may 2017 by garrettc
Apple’s Icons Have That Shape for a Very Good Reason
"If you haven’t been immersed in iOS interface design, you might look at Apple’s icons and think that they’re just a rounded square or a ‘roundrect’. If you’ve been designing icons, you know that they’re something different and may have heard the word squircle used (mathematical intermediate of a square and a circle). And if you’re an Industrial Designer, you recognize this as a core signature of their hardware products."
medium  article  apple  ios  osx  design 
may 2017 by garrettc
Your site without JavaScript
"There are plenty of reasons why the presence of script (what it does, how it works, and how heavy it is) needs to be considered a little more thoughtfully.

Web traffic today is made up of more than 50% mobile devices, of these devices, many operate under extremely volatile network connections—loading scripts-alone in less than 10 seconds is nigh on impossible in many situations."
medium  article  performance  webdevelopment  javascript 
april 2017 by garrettc
Intro to the 8-Point Grid System
"As a designer you’ve probably heard the term grid whether you’re designing a website, a magazine, or a mobile app. We have grids for all sorts of content arrangements. We use column grids to align content horizontally. Baseline grids to vertically align bodies of text. Soft grids and hard grids to describe how strictly we adhere to them. I took interest in the 8pt grid system after hearing Bryn Jackson avidly talk about it. I decided to find out what, if any, benefits an 8pt system could give my designs."
medium  article  design  designsystems  designthinking  grid  webdesign 
april 2017 by garrettc
Design thinking lessons from our cats
"We can all agree that cats spend the vast majority of their time thinking through complex problems in innovative ways. We have so much to learn from them. After years of careful observation I’ve extracted and analyzed a few key methodologies they use so we can leverage them for our own problem solving."
article  medium  designthinking  funny  cats 
march 2017 by garrettc
Complexity and Strategy
"I struggled with how to think about complexity through much of my career, especially during the ten years I spent leading Office development. Modeling complexity impacted how we planned major releases, our technical strategy as we moved to new platforms, how we thought about the impact of new technologies, how we competed with Google Apps, how we thought about open source and throughout “frank and open” discussions with Bill Gates on our long term technical strategy for building the Office applications."
article  medium  productdevelopment  complexity 
march 2017 by garrettc
The MVP is dead. Long live the RAT.
Why you should focus on Riskiest Assumption Tests and forget about MVPs.
article  medium  agile  mvp  productdevelopment 
february 2017 by garrettc
Managing your app’s community in Slack
One way to use Slack as the core operating system for a business
article  medium  slack  business 
february 2017 by garrettc
Remote Control
Object Lessons is an essay and book series about the hidden lives of ordinary things, published by The Atlantic and Bloomsbury.
book  article  design  technology  history 
january 2016 by garrettc
A brief history of web design for designers
"How the web design evolved from tables and flash into responsive web design. A glimpse into the history on why design and code live separate lives."
animation  article  css  web  colour  webdevelopment  webdesign 
december 2014 by garrettc
24 ways: The Articulate Web Designer of Tomorrow
Simon Collison on the ever evolving language of web design.
webdesign  inspiration  article  philosophy 
december 2010 by garrettc
Theming Views In Drupal 6.x
Nice overview of how to use preprocess functions in Views
views  drupal  blog  article  webdevelopment  theme  drupal6  torchbox 
december 2008 by garrettc
MicroHoo: corporate penis envy?
"I believe that we're collectively working on an Internet Operating System, and that it will ultimately look more like Unix than it looks like Windows. That is, it will be an aggregate of best of breed tools produced by an army of independent actors, all playing by the same rules so that those tools work together to produce a whole greater than the sum of the parts."
future  operatingsystem  microsoft  yahoo  network  quote  article 
august 2008 by garrettc
Portable Social Networks, The Building Blocks Of A Social Web
"...the concept of a user profile can be untethered from proprietary data stores and become an interchangeable part of the Web as HTML itself. "
article  collaboration  community  digital  findability  network  microformats  social  xfn  openid  socialnetworking  socialsoftware 
july 2008 by garrettc
Woah, didn't expect this to rise from the dead.
article  browser  business  tutorial  html  css  programming  design  reference  webdevelopment 
may 2008 by garrettc
The history of Galaxy Zoo
Nice article about what makes that site so fascinating.
research  space  galaxy  article  science  psychology 
may 2008 by garrettc
Sexy, Bold And Experimental Typography
I've currently got a bit of a typography fixation going on.
art  article  colour  design  font  gallery  ideas  inspiration  typography  visual 
may 2008 by garrettc
Better Than Free
Kevin Kelly's fantastic essay on what you'll need to know to survive in the new digital economy where everything is infinitely copyable.
article  branding  business  community  content  creativity  culture  future  ideas  inspiration  knowledge  law  publishing  society  economics 
february 2008 by garrettc
Next-Gen Travel Search Sites Find Better Airfare Deals, Faster
Wired article highlighting a new generation of travel search sites. Unfortunately I've already booked my xmas flight, but I'll be coming back to these in the new year.
article  reading  review  search  technology  travel  airfare  deals  holiday  flight 
december 2007 by garrettc
100 ways to say I love you
"#29: In the late 19th century you cut her name into the cornfields, hoping someone would invent the airplane."
advice  article  funny  humour  love  relationships  society 
december 2007 by garrettc
Visualizing Fitts’s Law
The clearest explanation I've seen of this key part of the user experience.
article  design  userexperience  theory  interface  law  reference  resource  software  science  interaction  hci  gui  usability  webdevelopment 
october 2007 by garrettc
Getting A Form's Structure Right
Affordance, orientation and chunking, 3 important areas of form development
accessibility  advice  article  design  workflow  usability  userexperience  webdevelopment  webstandards 
september 2007 by garrettc
Human-to-Human Design
A good website is built on two basic truths—that the internet is an interactive medium and that the end user is in fact human.
article  business  branding  community  design  interface  usability  marketing  psychology  strategy  webdevelopment 
july 2007 by garrettc
Common Pitfalls of Building Social Web Applications and How to Avoid Them
Very very *very* important and useful information for anyone thinking of going down this road. Part 1 of a 2 parter
advice  article  business  collaboration  community  socialsoftware  strategy  people  howto  webdevelopment  tips 
june 2007 by garrettc
APIs and Mashups For The Rest Of Us
Simple overview of web APIs from Digital Web Magazine, what they are and why you should have them.
api  mashup  microformats  programming  reference  technology  web2.0  article 
june 2007 by garrettc
35 Designers x 5 Questions
35 designers. 5 questions. 5 precise answers. Result: 175 professional suggestions, tips and ideas
advice  article  code  css  design  guide  howto  html  ideas  inspiration  interview  layout  webdevelopment  webstandards  tips 
april 2007 by garrettc
HTML5, XHTML2, and the Future of the Web
Nice overview of the whole XHTML1/XHTML2/HTML5 mess and where things could be going from here with the new HTML Working Group
analysis  article  browser  development  future  html  xhtml  html5  xhtml2  xml  markup  formatting  webstandards 
april 2007 by garrettc
The Seven Deadly Sins of Email Marketing Management
"To avoid being painted with the same brush as the bad guys, there are a few pitfalls to avoid when it comes to maintaining your most precious treasure, your list of opted-in addresses."
article  ecommerce  email  howto  marketing  newsletter 
march 2007 by garrettc
Making random contacts
Useful hint from 37signals on how to source test contact data for development purposes.
article  data  howto  programming  resource  software  testing  useful  webdevelopment 
march 2007 by garrettc
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